Mayor Diossa to sign tobacco licensing ordinance
New regulation works to improve community health
CENTRAL FALLS, RI – On Tuesday, October 27, Mayor Diossa will sign into law, a new ordinance that will improve tobacco sales enforcement and work to achieve healthier outcomes in the community. Members of the community and elected and community leaders will gather in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 1:00 pm for a signing ceremony.
"Improving community health and supporting tobacco prevention efforts for residents has been something my administration has worked hard on," said Mayor Diossa. "Central Falls has been able to work with our state and local leaders as well as community partners through our Prevention Coalition to achieve positive changes like this ordinance. I credit the work of the Prevention Coalition and leadership of Councilor Carlene Fonseca for helping ensure we make our city a healthy and safe community."
The ordinance introduces comprehensive oversight of tobacco sales in the city, focusing on outlawing specific marketing aimed at youth. Flavored tobacco products and promotional sales such as coupons and discounts (i.e. “buy one, get one”) are now outlawed by the new ordinance. The ordinance also introduces a nominal $100 annual fee to businesses that sell tobacco products within the city. Proceeds from the fee will then fund efforts by the Central Falls Police Department to perform compliance checks to ensure enforcement of the new ordinance and discourage the sale of tobacco to minors in the community.
The Central Falls Prevention Coalition was formed in 2010 and has a mission of building awareness in youth and residents about the harmful outcomes of tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse. The coalition, coordinated by Progreso Latino in Central Falls, also promotes healthier alternatives through partnerships, like coaching families in prevention skills, and working with the Central Falls school district to implement a stronger prevention curriculum at the middle and high school levels.